The Perfect Duck Spread: How Many Decoys Do You Really Need?

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    When it comes to setting up a duck spread for hunting, the number of decoys you need can vary depending on several factors. Generally, it's recommended to have a minimum of 6 to 12 decoys in your spread. However, many hunters prefer to use larger spreads with 24 to 36 decoys or even more.

    The number of decoys you use can depend on the size of the hunting area, the species of ducks you're targeting, and the hunting conditions. If you're hunting in a smaller area or targeting a specific species, a smaller spread may be sufficient. On the other hand, if you're hunting in a larger area or want to attract a variety of duck species, a larger spread with more decoys can be more effective.

    It's also important to consider the realism of your decoy spread. Ducks are social animals, and they are more likely to be attracted to a spread that looks natural and includes different types of decoys such as drakes, hens, and different poses.

    Ultimately, the number of decoys you need in a duck spread is a personal preference, and it can be helpful to experiment with different setups to see what works best for you in your specific hunting area and conditions. Happy SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Brandon's avatar

    Depends how big of water you are hunting and the other hunter pressure in my opinion. If you are hunting small water/rivers and hunting by yourself or just 1 other person then I would say 12-18. 18-24 decoys with a duck mojo is plenty for duck hunting puddle ducks. In my opinion.

  • Casey's avatar

    As many as possible.

  • Jesse's avatar

    I have 11 decoys that I pulled out of a dumpster 20 years ago. I have killed at least 1 duck over those decoys every time.

  • Jesse's avatar

    To me, the most important thing is setting up where the ducks want to be.

  • Jake's avatar

    I hunt in a pretty crowded area, believe it or not I actually do better with less decoys because I’m able to go further and get away from people. I usually put out a dozen. I’ve found the arrangement matters more than the quantity. Presentation is everything.

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